Doc Redman is playing his best golf, priming him to perhaps earn his first PGA Tour victory.
Redman shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
Bryson DeChambeau, the only player with top-10 finishes in each of the past three tournaments, topped the group a stroke back.
Redman, 22, closed with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. Last year, he went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic.
At last week's Travelers Championship, Redman closed with a 63 to tie for 11th — his best finish this season — after tying for 21st the RBC Heritage.
"I've come off two good finishes and a really good finish last year at this event, which has never really happened to me," he said. "So, I've never had this kind of expectation externally or even internally."
Stallings, who tied for sixth last week, birdied his last two holes and three of his last four. Players with afternoon tee times didn't fare as well, but Kisner was an exception with a bogey-free round.
DeChambeau surged up the leaderboard with four birdies and an eagle over an eight-hole stretch on the back nine. He gave a stroke back with a bogey at the 18th.
"That really got me a little agitated," DeChambeau said. "It's going to put a little fire in my belly."
PGA to rename award
The PGA of America is renaming its Horton Smith Award after a review of history revealed Smith defended a white-only membership clause when he served as PGA president in the early 1950s.
The PGA of America board voted to rename it the PGA Professional Development Award.
Duke's McCallie steps away from job
Joanne P. McCallie won't return for a 14th season as Duke's women's basketball coach.
McCallie announced her departure on the program's Twitter account. She said she was "choosing to step away" to bring "clarity" to the program in the final year of her contract.
McCallie led the Blue Devils to a 330-107 record in her 13 seasons, but the team went 15-15 in 2018-19 and was 18-12 when the 2019-20 season ended.
Lindblom completes radiation treatments
Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer.
The Flyers tweeted video showing Lindblom ringing the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments.
"It feels like having my birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time," Lindblom said.
FedEx seeks change for 'Redskins'
FedEx, the title sponsor of the Washington Redskins' stadium, has asked the team to change its name.
The name is considered a racial slur. FedEx is believed to be the first of the team's sponsors to ask for change.
'Black anthem' to be played
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," traditionally known as the Black anthem, will be performed live or played before "The Star-Spangled Banner" before each NFL game during Week 1.
Around the horn
College football: Texas A&M's program was placed on probation by the NCAA after the Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018.
Skiing: The International Ski Federation told Italian organizers they must go ahead with the world championships scheduled for February 2021 in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The organizers had requested a one-year delay because preparations stalled during the pandemic.